Join us for a presentation by Nazanin Afshin-Jam, international human rights activist, singer/songwriter, actor, former Miss World Canada, and President and co-founder of the Stop Child Executions organization. The session will be hosted by Vassy Kapelos, Political Affairs Reporter for Global Television Edmonton.
She was born in Tehran in 1979 at the height of Iran’s Islamic revolution and a year later her family was forced to flee after her non-political father was arrested, tortured and nearly executed.
After a double major degree in International Relations and Political Science at UBC, Sciences Po in Paris and the ISC in the UK, Afshin-Jam became an advocate with the Red Cross as a Global Youth Educator on the landmine crisis and children affected by war. In 2003, she won Miss Canada and came 1st runner up at Miss World giving her the platform she sought to raise awareness and funds for the Bam Earthquake, the 2004 Tsunami, Fistula patients in Ethiopia, Variety the Children’s Charity; youth advocacy to bridge the digital divide and a movement to stop bear bile farming in Asia. In 2006 Afshin-Jam successfully ran an international campaign to save the life of Nazanin Fatehi, a juvenile sentenced to death in Iran for stabbing in self defense one of three assailants that tried to rape her.
Afshin-Jam’s battle against child executions continues. She co-founded the Stop Child Executions organization with the goal of halting the practice in Iran and in the handful of other countries where it still continues.
Meanwhile, Afshin-Jam released a multilingual album called “Someday” charting hits in Canada, USA and Europe. Last year Afshin-Jam was appointed to the board of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation through the office of the Prime Minister of Canada to help eliminate racism and discrimination in Canada.
Afshin-Jam continues to address human rights abuses in China, Burma, Darfur and other countries with tyrannical regimes. She has done speeches at the UN, EU, UK, Canadian Parliament, numerous universities and conferences with media features on major television, radio and print worldwide. Afshin-Jam is also the recipient of several human rights awards of distinction.
Through her speeches and music, Afshin-Jam hopes to continue being a “voice for the voiceless” and deliver her messages of freedom, peace and love worldwide.
Cocktails for a Cause
6:30 p.m. - following the presentation
Food and drinks available for purchase in support of Nazanin's charity, Stop Child Executions
Sponsorship is provided by Coca-Cola Refreshments, MacEwan University's cold beverage partner.
February 2, 2012
Robbins Health Learning Centre
The Heart, Main Floor
City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB